Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) is celebrating its silver jubilee. SPI, a remarkable, Academy Award–winning visual effects and animation studio, has created extraordinary and visually stunning images for more than 100 live-action and animated productions, from Contact and Castaway to Spiderman, Smurfs and Suicide Squad in these 25 long years. Their contribution has been enormous, not only to visual effects but also as a leader in technology, helping develop some of the world's best software (Arnold) and driving the OpenSource initiatives (such as Alembic) that have helped solve industry-wide challenges and deliver spectacular visual effects. In an industry when all too often companies struggle to survive, SPI is an evergreen unit. It produces a vast array of types of visual stories, fr
Earlier, it was heard that Disney’s Hollywood Studios will construct its own Toy Story Land but Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek has off late announced a specific timeframe for its opening in Walt Disney World Resort. And that is summer 2018. And for those who are ignorant about the concept will be happy to note that Toy Story Land will provide visitors with the experience of being one of the toys from the iconic CG animated franchise. Toy Story land will feature gigantic representations of Andy’s backyard that will feature our favourite Toy Story characters. This would make people feel that they’ve been shrunk to the size of a toy. Additionally, Toy Story Land will also feature two major themed attractions based on Slink Dog and the Aliens’ flying saucers.
With the launch of Hot Chocolate Studios, actor and comedian Orlando Jones is pioneering a new kind of animation content. He and his partners Harold Moss and Tom Vedel are tapping into Animgram technology to offer a proprietary live-animation platform for timely original content and inspire fans to create their own. The studio is named for the trio’s first initials. “I’ve been a hard-core animation fan since MAD magazine. Nearly pissed myself when I got to audition for MADtv. Then Jeffrey Katzenberg and Leslie Feldman cast me in Father of the Pride on NBC. Suddenly, I was working on the most expensive CGI animated TV show ever produced. I learned so much from the Dreamworks animation team,” Jones said in the announcement. “In 2005, I started producing diversity focused animation for mo
Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner will have its world premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, it is understood. The film, based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis, tells the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan who, after her father’s imprisonment, disguises herself as a boy to become the family’s breadwinner. Ellis wrote the screen story, and Anita Doron delivered the screenplay. An Ireland-Canada-Luxembourg co-production, Breadwinner originated out of Kilkenny, Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon with the additional involvement of Canada’s Aircraft Pictures and Guru Studio, and Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions. GKIDS is set to distribute the film in the United States. Incidentally, the film also marks the first time tha
Thanks to a continued growth in franchise brands, Hasbro Gaming and partner brands Hasbro has seen an increase in revenue by 11 per cent in its Q2 2017 results. The studio’s international revenue increased $426.6 million led by an 18 per cent growth in Asia Pacific. While entertainment and licensing revenue fell one per cent to $51.5 million, franchise brand revenue increased 21 per cent and partner brand revenue grew by one per cent to $230 million. Meanwhile,,Hasbro gaming revenue increased six per cent to $113.9 million. “The Hasbro team executed another very strong quarter across the brand blueprint. Story-led brands and innovative brand initiatives drove double-digit revenue growth and an increase in operating profit margin,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro chairman and CEO. “Franch
After having sued Walt Disney Co. for using its facial capture technology called MOVA Contour last week, Rearden LLC has sued two more studios namely Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount Pictures Inc. of copyright and trademark infringement and video game makers and video game publisher Square Enix Inc., as well as its subsidiary Crystal Dynamics of copyright and patent infringement for using its facial capture technology. The matter has been posted in the federal district court in San Francisco. Rearden, controlled by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Perlman, claims that a former employee stole and unlawfully sold MOVA to companies affiliated with the visual effects firm Digital Domain. It is said that the defendants used Digital Domain to perform work with MOVA on their movies and v...
Genius Brands International, Inc. Genius Brands, a leading media company that creates, produces and licenses children’s multimedia entertainment content and products for global broadcast, digital and retail distribution, has promoted two of its top executives. One, Kid Genius Cartoon Channel President Deb Pierson has been named as SVP, Global Content Distribution & Marketing and Lloyd Mintz has been promoted to SVP of Worldwide Consumer Products. The announcement was made today by Genius Brands’ Chairman & CEO Andy Heyward, to whom both report directly. “Many of Genius Brands achievements of the past several years can be directly credited to the efforts of Deb Pierson and Lloyd Mintz,” said Heyward. “Both are stellar executives who are committed to our goal of providing i
DHX Media, the leading global children’s content and brands company will release the second season of the Teletubbies series that will premiere today on the Nicky Jr. channel at 2 p.m. (ET/PT). The returning pre-school series continues to deliver laughter, learning and fun while also welcoming exciting changes for the iconic foursome. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po will discover new areas of Teletubbyland, extend their friendship to the adorable Tiddlytubbies and ride on the brand new honk honk Tubby Car. Josh Scherba, EVP of Distribution and Content at DHX Media, said, “We are delighted to have the Teletubbies return to the U.S. for season two especially since Nick Jr.’s far-reaching network will enable kids across America to access the show during the summer holidays.” Teletub
For Disney and Pixar fans, here is some good news. At the D23 Expo 2017, filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios came out with new details about their upcoming movie slates introducing key voice talent. John Lasseter teamed up with the stars and filmmakers from both studios to present new details, footage, behind-the-scenes looks and images from a host of upcoming films. “I’m so excited about our upcoming movies; they are all hilarious, emotional, beautiful and make you think,” averred Lasseter, who serves as executive producer on all animated titles. “It’s a great mix of incredibly creative and surprising new worlds and characters and stories we love returning to. Our filmmakers are putting so much heart into these films – I can’t wait for people to see them.” Lassete
Yesterday, Marvel Animation took to the stage at D23 Expo to make key announcements of two super-powered series that revealed the premiere date and voice cast for Marvel’s Spider-Man, announcing a third season for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout and naming the next LEGO Marvel Super Heroes special. As announced by SVP of Animation & Family Entertainment Cort Lane and Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada at the packed panel, Marvel’s Spider-Man will make its debut on August 19 on Disney XD, the Disney XD app and its VOD. The Spider-Man voice cast includes Robbie Daymond (Bread Winners, Get Blake) as Spider-Man, Max Mittleman (One-Punch Man) as Harry Osborn, Nadji Jeter (Jessie) as Miles Morales, Melanie Minichino (Blaze and the Monster Machine) as Anya Corazon, Fre